Summary: A call for everyone into ministry

Everyone Is Needed - Teambuilding #2

Pastor Glenn Newton 8-27-2000

11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

EPH 4:14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Ephesians 4:11-16

This morning were going to continue to Build a Team, not just any team, we are building a Team that is going to make a difference. Team New Hope - Making A Difference For Jesus. That’s the slogan that I am going to get made up, and you will be able to get that put on any of your shirts if you ever decide that’s something you want to do.

Team New Hope - Making A Difference For Jesus. I’ve said this before and I will say it again because I believe it, I don’t want to just make a good impression, I want to make a difference for Christ! I know that’s your prayer, that’s your desire, so were going to make a visible reminder for ourselves, and for others who will see it and ask us about it, we then can tell them about Team New Hope, and Invite them to come and join our cause.

This morning I want to say something so simple that you just might miss it. Don’t miss what God wants to teach us this morning, God can use my inadequate words to teach His invaluable lessons, so let’s let him speak to our hearts this morning.

This morning I want you to know and understand when you leave here today that you are a valuable part of what God wants to do in this church. This morning if your new to our church, I want you to know that I don’t believe that your here by accident, I believe God has brought you here for a reason and according to his plan. Some of you have been coming for a while, but you may not feel like you have a part in our church ministry, I want to tell you, We not only Want you to be a part of our church ministry, We Need You to become a part of Team New Hope, Help us accomplish God’s will for our church.

This morning, many of you have been faithful members, faithful workers, faithful tithers, faithful board members, you name it, and you’ve done it at some point. You have been here when pastor’s have arrived and when they departed, you have witnessed and lived through the ups and down’s that have made up the history of this church. I want you to know, This Team Needs You. You offer something we would not have without you with this team, and that’s experience, that’s spiritual maturity that comes from growing in the Lord for many years, and you offer your great example of what it means to be dedicated to the cause. For those of you who fall into this category, and that’s many of you, you offer much more than I just described, and we Need You.

Let me give you a couple of examples. We have people in the church who do things on a regular basis, nobody really see’s it, but we all benefit from it. This week for example, Jack Heil and Jim Yantis mowed our church property. I didn’t know it was done until it was done, but the fact is that is one way they use their gift to benefit the rest of us who are apart of this Team.

What kind of witness would it be for us to just let our property to grow and look unkept, and uncared for? It wouldn’t look good for us, but we do have some men who do care, and I appreciate it, as I know you do, even if you don’t drive by it everyday.

Our Sunday School Teachers, everyweek give time and energy preparing lessons, hoping that those in their class will come ready to learn more about God’s Word and how it applies to their life, to their marriage, to their jobs. Teachers I appreciate your faithfulness to give. Folks, I would encourage you to attend Sunday School, it’s part of building this team, we need to learn together, we need to Worship Together, that’s what Teams do.

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